Are moderate Muslims really as moderate as we are led to believe?
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Few in the news media (or our government) seem to be able to bring themselves to identify the perpetrators of most of the world’s violence, including beheadings, crucifixion, kidnapping and all around abuse of women as Muslims. In those rare cases where the word “Muslim” or “Islamic” is used, it is nearly always accompanied by the word “radical” or “extremist” as if their actions are so “over the top” that they must be portrayed as lunatics far removed from the reasonable “moderates” who just want to be accepted as peace-loving citizens of whatever country they call home.
The truth of the matter, however, is that these “radicals” aren’t doing anything that isn’t commanded or implied in the Qur’an or the Hadith. They are simply taking their religion seriously. They are a direct result of one of the reasons why the Muslim Brotherhood was founded nearly a century ago. Too many of the world’s Muslims were seen as too Westernized and too soft. In the eyes of the founders, Islam must return to the basics as laid out by Mohammed. The vast majority of “moderate Muslims,” especially those who have settled in North America, have embraced the religious, social, and legal elements of Islam, but have rejected the violent commands of Islam…or have they?
AS I SEE IT
A couple of recent stories seem to tell a different story. The first story comes from
Quebec and tells of a “peaceful” and “gentle” (moderate) Muslim father who had slapped his 13-year-old daughter to death because she did not finish her chores properly. After telling her to do the job right, Moussa Sidime, 74, claimed that he heard her say something disrespectful so he slapped her in the face twice and then once on the buttocks. His blow to her face caused an artery in her head to rupture. Two days later she died in the hospital.
He was just sentenced to 60 days in prison for the manslaughter death of his daughter. “I lost my daughter, but it was the will of God,” Sidime told Quebec Court Judge Richard Marleau. “I am not violent.”
So there you have it. He’s not a violent man and it was god’s will that he slap his daughter to death.
The second story is from Brooklyn and shows how Islamic culture lends itself to
the kind of violence we saw in Quebec… even from a “gentle” man. Pakistani immigrant Noor Hussain, 75, got so angry becuse his wife didn’t make him goat for dinner that he beat her to death with a stick. His wife committed the apparently unpardonable sin of preparing a vegetarian meal when her husband had his heart set on goat. When they started arguing, to took out a stick and beat her until she was what police describe as a “bloody mess.”
Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted that Hussain beat his wife, but argued that he is guilty only of manslaughter since he didn’t intend to kill her. In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary. “He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”
This moderate Muslim believes it’s normal and acceptable to beat his wife. Similar stories are surfacing all over North America as the Islamic population continues to grow. In some parts of Canada and the US these Islamic populations are even pushing to have Sharia Law recognized in their communities and they are, in some cases, successful. The city council of Dearborn, Michigan voted 4-3 to became the first US city to officially implement all aspects of Sharia Law. The tough new law, slated to go into effect January 1st, addresses secular law including crime, politics and economics as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, fasting, prayer, diet and hygiene. The new law could see citizens stoned for adultery or having a limb amputated for theft. Lesser offenses, such as drinking alcohol or abortion, could result in flogging and/or caning. In addition, the law imposes harsh laws with regards to women and allows for child marriage.
Think about it. “Moderate” Muslims have been successful in subverting the Constitution of the United States with the aid of American lawmakers. If you think they’re not a threat, think again.
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